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Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp. The ultimate air fried cajun shrimp recipe. Delicious shrimp, cajun seasoning and a few little extras. Perfect for a quick shrimp recipe in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp
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Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp

Welcome to my Air Fryer cajun shrimp recipe. This is an updated version of our air fryer cajun shrimp that we originally shared back in the summer of 2017.

If you have read Recipe This for a while, then you will know that my Grandad & Uncle were fishermen.

This meant that growing up there was always a lot of fresh fish and seafood available.

I would get really excited about eating a fresh crab direct from its shell and feeling really clever when I was little that I had managed to get every last bit of the crab meat eaten and that there had been zero waste.

I would also absolutely love shrimp, or prawns as they call them in Europe. In a prawn cocktail, in a paella, fish pie or just in a classic prawn sandwich.

I just had a big addiction to them and could never stop at just one portion.

But ask an American about British prawns and you would probably get some comment about them being miniature. Because they are the size of about ¼ of an American shrimp.

I picked up a big frozen bag of some American shrimp (no tiny prawns here) and added them to the freezer for that time when I was craving shrimp in the air fryer.

Well today is the day. I have opened my bag of frozen shrimp and loaded shrimp into the air fryer. I couldn’t think of anything more tasty than cajun shrimp and this is what I am sharing with you right now!

Can You Air Fry Frozen Shrimp?

I am sure the first thing you want to know is “can you air fry frozen shrimp?”. Especially, if you are adding a dry rub and want your shrimp to be loaded with flavour.

Well frozen shrimp works perfectly in the air fryer and is so much cheaper too, when you compare it to buying fresh shrimp.

I will have a big bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer and then I can grab a handful or two of frozen shrimp and then use it in whatever shrimp recipes I like.

What Ingredients & Gadgets Go Into Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp?

There is not much to cooking air fryer cajun shrimp in the air fryer.

Firstly, you need some good quality shrimp that you can cook with. Then other ingredients include a good cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.

Of course, a good quality air fryer is essential when cooking air fryer cajun shrimp.

I recommend the Philips Air Fryer XL as it is perfect size for cooking shrimp and it’s amazing how much cajun shrimp you can cook at once without an overcrowding issue.

How To Air Fry Cajun Shrimp?

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Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp is EASY. In fact, it is so easy you will be wondering why you didn’t cook cajun shrimp in the air fryer years ago.

To cook cajun shrimp from frozen in the air fryer you:

  • Load the frozen shrimp into your favourite mixing bowl.
  • Load into it all your seasonings and mix with the frozen shrimp.
  • Load the shrimp into the air fryer and cook on a medium heat.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over the shrimp and add in extra cajun seasoning.
  • Serve.

Low Carb Cajun Shrimp

Because this cajun shrimp is low carb, it is perfect for those that follow Paleo, Keto, Whole30 and other healthy low carb diets.

This cajun shrimp is delicious over an avocado salad and a favourite brunch of mine.

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Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp Time & Temp?

Because the frozen shrimp that is often used is cooked and not raw, you are often doing a reheat rather than cooking from scratch.

I like this because it saves peeling the shrimp and you can just smoother your frozen shrimp in cajun seasoning and then cook in the air fryer.

The cook time is JUST 6 minutes and the temperature is 180c/360f.

Any more cooking time will result in overcooked shrimp that will shrimp and look like British tiny prawns.

More Seafood Ideas On Recipe This

Here at Recipe This we love cooking fish and seafood in the air fryer. Here are a few more favourites for you to try next:

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Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp

Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp. The ultimate air fried cajun shrimp recipe. Delicious shrimp, cajun seasoning and a few little extras. Perfect for a quick shrimp recipe in the air fryer.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2
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Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp Ingredients:


  • Count out and remove 30 frozen shrimp from your freezer bag. Load into a mixing bowl with your cajun seasoning, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic.
    Can You Air Fry Frozen Shrimp?
  • Toss and load into the air fryer basket. Cook for 6 minutes at 180c/360f.
    Can You Air Fry Frozen Shrimp?
  • Once cooked sprinkle with extra cajun seasoning and the juice of a lemon.
    Can You Air Fry Frozen Shrimp?


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Seasoning. I add extra cajun seasoning at the end because I like it spicy. For a milder taste discard this step.
Quantities. You can expand the amount of shrimp you cook up to 50 without altering the recipe ingredients.
Garlic. You can use any garlic puree/minced garlic. Its all about personal preference. Though avoid dried garlic as it’s the moisture from the garlic puree that makes this cajun shrimp so special.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 703mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2216IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 3mg
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie marker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love a good shrimp/prawn where i live. These were so tasty and not over cooked like some recipes thanks.

  2. 5 stars
    I love a frozen shrimp and was looking for an air fryer recipe and some Cajun seasoning. These were gorgeous and full of flavor, thanks for the step by step instructions, they were a god send.

    1. Hi Jill

      I would do 12 minutes but check them after 10 minutes as some air fryers are more powerful than others 🙂